How to Apply to SCCO
SCCO uses Rolling Admissions so it is best to apply early. Check below for specific dates and details.
July 1, 2023 through March 15, 2024, at 9:00 p.m. PST. To meet this deadline, comply with the OptomCAS deadlines for submission of all requirements, including undergraduate transcripts.
The OAT and other standardized tests must be taken by March 15, 2024. The earliest test date accepted is July 1, 2020.
It is not necessary to have completed all prerequisite requirements or your degree/ minimum number of units before you apply. Applying with missing prerequisite requirements or degree/ minimum units will not affect your competitiveness as long as you are on track to complete all academic requirements no later than August 5, 2024, for Fall 2024 matriculation.
Below are the required elements for your OptomCAS application. Please read the information carefully, including any supplemental resources provided to make sure you're prepared to submit a strong application. For a comprehensive article that includes tips, timelines, and recommendations regarding the application, visit SCCO’s Admissions Blog.
SCCO requires a supplemental application in addition to the centralized application. The supplemental essay questions are included in the OptomCAS application; therefore, when you have completed the OptomCAS application, you have also completed the supplemental application.
To apply, you will submit all official transcripts to OptomCAS for every college, university, or professional school attended. If you have foreign transcripts, they will need to be evaluated before you have them sent to OptomCAS. After you have been accepted, you will need to have all official transcripts sent directly to MBKU.
Effective starting 2023-24 cycle, SCCO requires two LORs. An Optometrist or Ophthalmologist must complete one recommendation, but an Optometrist is preferred. The other source may be selected by the applicant. Appropriate sources could be an employer (past or present), faculty member (science or otherwise), supervisor where the applicant volunteers, etc. Applicants may submit up to two additional letters for a maximum of four, but only two are required. LORs are submitted by the recommender(s) directly to OptomCAS. Committee letters will be accepted.
The OAT is the preferred test; however, the MCAT and DAT may be substituted. To submit your application through OptomCAS, it is not necessary to have taken the OAT or other standardized tests; however, to advance in the process onto the interview phase, official test scores must be received. In short, you may apply ahead of taking one of these tests, but will not advance in the process until official scores are assessed. Applicants are advised to complete one of these tests before or soon after applying.
We highly recommend shadowing in a few different locations, however, there is no minimum number of shadowing hours. For more information regarding shadowing objectives and our Alumni Shadowing Program, visit the shadowing section of our Admissions blog.
This document will be printed for your interviewer to have in front of them during your interview if you are offered one. We recommend following a standard resume format, 1-2 pages in length, and listing some of the most important things you listed in the "Experiences" section of your application.
Please crop the photo tight to your face before uploading to OptomCAS, similar to how you would for a passport photo.
From the time you hit “submit” on your application, it can take up to four weeks before SCCO receives the verified application from OptomCAS. After we receive your application, you will be prompted via email to pay SCCO’s secondary, non-refundable application fee of $50.00. Payment of this fee initiates the review process.
A criminal background check is required after a provisional acceptance. Please note that a conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from admission. For more information, please see Note for All Applicants Regarding Criminal History. Prior to licensure, each state board will also review a CBC. The California State Board of Optometry has a FAQ if you would like more information: Applying for Licensure with a Conviction or Past Disciplinary Action.
SCCO conducts holistic reviews through two serial “qualifying rounds.” Once both rounds are successfully completed, an applicant is offered a seat in the incoming class of approximately 100 students. Click here to learn more about what SCCO looks for in Competitive Applicants.
Everything is reviewed thoroughly during this evaluation. To advance, academic qualifications must be met. We base this on the strength of your GPAs and standardized test scores, while also factoring in things such as academic patterns and trends, time spent on employment or experiences while also completing coursework, etc. Competitive applicants are advised to have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 and OAT section scores of at least 300, however, all applications will be reviewed.
Once you successfully pass the first round, you will be invited for an interview. It is through this process that we assess your personal and professional potential. SCCO conducts "open-file" interviews, so interviewers prepare by reviewing your entire application, including your grades, test scores, experiences, essays, resume/ curriculum vitae (CV), and letters of recommendation.
Welcome to SCCO's Interview process! We are excited to invite selected candidates for in-person interviews from September through April. Below are the review cut-offs and other associated dates and deadlines for the remainder of the cycle. TBD information will be updated closer to our March 15, 2024 application deadline for the current cycle.
- For those who qualify, we also offer a virtual interview day in February (see FAQs below for more information).
- At SCCO, we practice rolling admissions, which means the class fills all cycle long, ensuring a fair and continuous evaluation.
- To increase your chances of admission, we highly recommend scheduling an early interview if invited.
- Remember, submitting an application does not guarantee an interview. Rest assured, if you are invited to interview, you will receive an email notification.
- When planning your travel arrangements, please wait until you have received an interview offer and confirmed your interview time. We want to make sure you have all the necessary details before making any arrangements.
|Date Applications and Official Test Scores Need to be Received by||Date $50 Supplemental Fee Must be Received By*||Interviews Offered or Update Provided||Interview Day||Decision Communicated||Deadline to Secure Seat|
* Applicants will receive an email from the Office of Admissions with instructions on how to pay the $50 Supplemental Fee once a verified application is received by OptomCAS